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Borate bomber practices dropping chemicals on fire
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Valley Times Photo Collection;
Brich, George
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Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph caption dated August 20, 1961 reads "Tanker aircraft owned by A. J. Air Tankers of Van Nuys Airport made practice drop of 500 gallons of borate chemical mixture during training exercise of Los Angeles City Fire Department held Thursday in a remote area of Santa Monica Mountains near Mulholland drive and Topanga Canyon boulevard. Practice runs served to train 35 fire department officers in working out problems of effective direction of tanker drops on brush fires. The airplanes are A. J. Savage twin-engine models made by North American and have four compartments, each with a capacity of 500 gallons of chemical solution. Planes are used to aid fire fighters in remote areas of Santa Monica Mountains and in Angeles and Los Padres Forests."
1 photographic print : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Fire Department
North American Aviation
Airtankers (Forest fire control)
Airplanes--Fires and fire prevention
Fire fighting
Fire extinction--Training
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Time Period

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